Bet you’ve never seen this before.

You’re looking at the new Vacheron Constantin Boutique Exclusive Historiques 1921 next to the very watch that inspired it, a piece built for an American collector in 1921 (though the original concept dates to 1919).  These original Vacheron drivers watches are incredibly rare, in fact this model with the crown in the 1 o’clock position was only made in 12 examples.  The first three pieces were sent to the Americas and the very first belonged to “Rev S. Parkes Cadman, a prominent clergyman, newspaper writer and pioneer Christian radio broadcaster of the 1920s and 1930s. He was an early advocate of ecumenism and an outspoken opponent of anti-Semitism and racial intolerance.”

The 12 pieces were delivered over ten years, with the last being sold in 1931.  The watch you see above happens to belong to Vacheron Constantin themselves, and when we saw it in the display case at their NY boutique as part of the American Heritage project, we just had to photograph it next to the modern day tribute.  These are two absolutely magnificent timepieces, and you can see just how true to form the new model is. 

Related Content: To see a photo essay of the other watches in Vacheron’s ongoing American Heritage Exhibit, click here.